Bangladesh’s victory in the U-19 Asia Cup continues. Bangladesh secured the top spot in the group by defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in their third and last match in the group on Wednesday. Ashikur Rahman Shibli of Bangladesh played an unbeaten innings of 116 runs even in one match of Rankhara.
Mahfuzur Rahman Rabbira will face India in the semi-finals next Friday after finishing the group stage from the top.
Bangladesh youth team got off to a good start by defeating the hosts United Arab Emirates by 61 runs in the first match of ‘B’ group in the 8-team tournament held at the ICC Academy in Dubai. In the second match, they defeated relatively weak Japan. Mahfuzra maintained that consistency in the third and last match of the group stage against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh captain Rabbi won the toss and decided to field against the Lankan youth. Sri Lanka started well in batting. In the ninth over of the innings, Maruf Mridha broke opener Pulindu Perera’s (21) stamp and gave Bangladesh a breakthrough. After losing the first wicket for 37 runs, Sri Lanka’s second wicket fell to the team’s 74 runs. This time the captain Rabbi himself put a smile on Bangladesh’s face.
After that, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals due to the controlled bowling of the Bangladeshi bowlers. No batsman of the Lankans could cross 30. Despite playing the scheduled 50 overs, the team got only 199 runs for 9 wickets.
Wasi Siddique of Bangladesh got 3 wickets for just 32 runs. Two wickets each for Rabi and Maruf. Rohanat Daula Varshan and Sheikh Parvez Jeevan got one wicket each.
Batting with a target of 200 runs, Bangladesh suffered a shock at the beginning. In the first over, opener Jisan Ahmed (0) made his way to the pavilion with only 1 run for the team. At the other end, Shibli handled the shock and batted fluently. Although three other teammates were out, Shibli single-handedly pulled the team together. The Bangladeshi opener’s unbeaten 116 runs in 55 balls in 130 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes gave Bangladesh victory. Second highest 32 runs by Mohammad Rizwan.
Bangladesh reached the semi-finals from the top of the group stage with a full 6 points after winning by 6 wickets. Opponents Sri Lanka have only tasted victory in one match, that too against Japan. Even against the Emirates, the Lankans lost. The host Emirates are the other team in Group ‘B’ in the last four.
On the other hand, Pakistan Youth reached the semi-finals as the top team of ‘A’ group. As the other team, India has reached the last four, against them, Bangladesh will embark on a mission to reach the finals on Friday. In the other semi-final on the same day, Pakistan will face Emirates.